6 Fun Things to Do During Thanksgiving Weekend

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Let’s jazz things up this Thanksgiving weekend with something fun for your favorite group of friends or entire family. From ski trips and theme parks to sporting events and concerts, TicketsatWork.com has the best holiday deals to celebrate in style.

Here are 6 ideas for Thanksgiving Weekend 2019:

1. Book a ski vacation
Grab the skis and set your holiday travel compass for the snowy mountains. Enjoy many of the world’s finest resorts for skiing and snowboarding. From California to Maine, you’ll find super deals on lift tickets. Here’s two:

  • Telluride Ski Resort – Featuring 300 inches of snow annually in Mountain Village, CO, and more than 2,000 skiable acres for all levels. With 300 days of yearly sunshine and no lift lines, the skiing and snowboarding in Telluride is an epic experience. Save over 10%
  • Grand Targhee Resort – In Alta, WY, the abundance of light powder snow (more than 500 inches annually) and lack of lift lines creates an uncrowded skier and snowboarder paradise. Save up to 20%

2. Sing and dance at the top fall concerts
Spice up the holiday with cool tunes. Save on Preferred Access Tickets to the hottest concerts! Here’s a dynamic duo of shows to see:

  • Rock with the red-hot boogie and blues of ZZ Top as they embark on their 50th anniversary tour in celebration of their debut album. Save 50%
  • EDM-pop duo The Chainsmokers bring their repertoire of energetic hits to a stage near you on the 2019 World War Joy tour. Save over 50%

3. Discover the fun at Cedar Fair Parks
Discover savings for passes to the 10 Cedar Fair Parks located coast to coast. Experience the ultimate mix of thrill rides, live entertainment, family rides, special events and so much more.

  • Knott’s Merry Farm – Knott’s Berry Farm celebrates the merriest of seasons as the park transforms into Knott’s Merry Farm. Enjoy thrilling holiday attractions, live entertainment, a Christmas Crafts Village, festive food, lavish holiday decorations, and nightly snow in Ghost Town. Starts Nov. 22! Save over 45%
  • WinterFest – Many Cedar Fair Parks come alive with holiday spirit! Experience the ultimate Christmas event as each park is magically transformed into a winter wonderland – full of enchantment, cheer and classic family fun. WinterFest is packed with all the sights, sounds, food and experiences of the holiday season.
  • Carowinds (Starts Nov. 24)
  • California’s Great America (Starts Nov. 29)
  • Kings Island (Starts Nov. 22)
  • Kings Dominion (Starts Nov. 23)
  • Worlds of Fun (Starts Nov. 23)

4. Catch a football game LIVE
Thanksgiving and football make the perfect pair. This year, get some tips for your annual backyard family football game by seeing the pros in action. Find tickets to all 32 NFL teams with Preferred Access Tickets. Grab seats for your favorite NFL team this season! NFL Tickets Available

5. Experience the magic of Walt Disney World
It’s a magical assortment of amazing things to experience during the holidays at Walt Disney World Resort. Here’s a glimpse at some holiday-themed activities to celebrate the season with new magic and beloved traditions. Special Savings!

  • Magic Kingdom – Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show. Be dazzled by a festive new fireworks show, presented by Minnie Mouse. Now to Dec. 22, 2019.
  • Epcot – Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. Ring in the holiday season with food, music and traditions from across the globe from Nov. 29 to Dec. 30.
  • Hollywood Studios – Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Enjoy a holiday spectacular with music, fireworks and more, now to Jan. 5, 2020!
  • Holidays at Disney Springs – Discover shopping galore, festive dining options, the enchanting Christmas Tree Trail and more.

6. Spread holiday cheer at Universal Orlando
From the finest entertainment and shopping, to dining, shows and all of your favorite rides and attractions, experience the joy of the holidays at Universal. Universal Orlando Resort has unwrapped a resort-wide holiday celebration that will elevate your season.

  • Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Celebrate Christmas as London and Diagon Alley are wrapped in festive décor and brimming with special entertainment. Nov. 16 to Jan. 5, 2020.
  • Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s – The Minions join Santa Claus for a holiday favorite that also features characters from Madagascar and Shrek. Select dates from Nov. 19 to Dec. 30.
  • The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular – Explore Seuss Landing, filled with the Christmas charm and cheer of Who-ville. Delight in The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, a live retelling of the classic holiday tale starring The Grinch. Now to Jan. 5, 2020

By Jeff Hyatt

5 Amazing Live Shows Perfect for Kids this Season

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It’s the most wonderful time of year to plan a festive adventure with the whole family! From the amazing spectacle of Blue Man Group and Disney on Ice to the elegant dancing of the Moscow Ballet and high-energy fun of Peppa Pig Live, an unforgettable kids’ show makes the perfect holiday experience that you and little ones can cherish all season long. With TicketsatWork.com, you can find the best family shows to deck the halls. Here are five all-ages shows that kids and adults will love this holiday season:

Kidz Bop Live
Celebrate the holidays at this all-ages concert spotlighting the biggest global pop hits live on stage. Starring the fabulous Kidz Bop singers Julianna Revilla, Ahnya O’Riordan, Copper Hounshell and Shane Davis, this high-energy show serves up kid-friendly versions of the world’s most popular chart-toppers. Your kids will be dancing in the aisles and singing along to their favorite hits. Save over 50%

Peppa Pig Live
Enjoy a show this holiday season that will have your kids jumping up and down in their seats cheering on their favorite pig. Filled with catchy songs and vibrant visuals of life-sized puppets, Peppa Pig Live also features characters like Suzy Sheep, Pedro Pony and Gerald the Giraffe. Your kids can hop and sing along to their favorite tunes as Peppa Pig goes on an exciting adventure in the woods with her fun-loving friends. Save over 50%

Moscow Ballet
Experience the magic of the holidays with a beautiful performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker. Children will be in awe of the spectacular dancing and sparkling stage sets of the world-famous Moscow Ballet. Backed by the rousing Tchaikovsky score, this holiday tradition is a Christmas extravaganza that will have you humming the songs long after the curtain comes down. Make special holiday memories with your family at a live performance of the Nutcracker. Save up to 35%

Blue Man Group Speechless Tour
Turn your holidays into a rollicking good time with the wildly entertaining antics of the world-famous Blue Man Group. Just like this festive time of year, their brand-new show, Blue Man Group Speechless, is all about pure joy. Add a dash of comedy, fast-paced hijinks and artistic flourishes, and you have a family-friendly show like nothing else on the planet. Save up to 30%

Disney on Ice: Road Trip Adventures
Get ready for a fun-filled experience that only Disney can deliver! Hit the road with Mickey, Goofy and Minnie Mouse alongside a cast of your favorite Disney characters. Your kids will shout for joy as they enjoy Aladdin’s princely parade and an over-the-top carnival with Forky and Woody from Toy Story. Make the holidays shine with this exciting adventure on ice. Get tickets now

By Craig Nelson

5 Reasons to Get WICKED This Season

The leaves are changing colors, and temperatures are dropping. An incredibly important landmark on the road to winter, though, is Halloween, when monsters and vampires and witches are in style. Speaking of witches, two of New York’s most famous ones reside in the heart of the Theater District, in the Gershwin Theatre, on 51st Street between Eighth Avenue and Broadway.

A worldwide musical theater phenomenon, Wicked is the story of what happened before Dorothy dropped in and found herself the unwilling thief of the Wicked Witch’s ruby slippers. Wicked is now celebrating 16 years on Broadway, having opened on Oct. 30, 2003. For its 15th anniversary last year, the production marked the occasion with an hour-long TV special that featured the past and present stars of Wicked, as well as pop stars, including Ariana Grande and Adam Lambert, performing popular tunes from the show.

Read on to learn why snagging tickets to Wicked should be at the top of your to-do list this season!

It’s fun for the whole family
Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t love The Wizard of Oz? Sure, the Winkie Guards or the Flying Monkeys or even the Wicked Witch’s cackle might be frightening at a young age, but ultimately, the classic 1939 film adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s novel is a pure delight, to say the absolute least. In the same way, Wicked is family-friendly, with recognizable characters, plot elements, and themes that will resonate with people of all ages.

The special effects remain cutting-edge
Perhaps one of the most brilliant technical feats of modern musical theater is how Elphaba really does defy gravity during her show-stopping number at the end of Act One. And during a time of year that’s all about spells, tricks and magic, why not experience the undeniable magic of Broadway? See Elphaba fly into the air, carrying her signature broom, and marvel as she is melted at the hands of Dorothy at the end of the show. Watch Glinda descend from the sky in her signature bubble, before giggling at her attempt to turn Elphaba’s simple frock into a beautiful ball gown to make her more “popular.” Find out how the Scarecrow and the Tin Man came to be, as their transformations from their former forms play out onstage.

Stellar Halloween costume inspiration
Although they were already iconic characters in the American literary and film traditions, over the past sixteen years, Wicked has skyrocketed Elphaba and Glinda to fame in a way probably never imaginable for Gregory Maguire, author of WICKED: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the book that inspired the story-line for Wicked. Costume designer Susan Hilferty won a Tony Award for crafting Wicked’s glittering ensembles, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to replicate one of her iconic looks this Halloween. You can choose to sport Elphie’s classic Wicked Witch look, which she dons for “Defying Gravity,” or the shimmering blue bubble dress that Glinda wears. Alternatively, if you’re feeling ambitious and want to impress Wicked superfans, you can create your own version of what the magical duo wears when they are impressionable college students at Shiz University.

A soaring score
No Broadway musical, of course, is complete without dazzling show tunes, and Wicked more than delivers in this department. The eclectic score by six-time Tony Nominee Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin) hits every emotional note in the story while effortlessly spanning musical styles ranging from vaudeville to pop rock. You’ll want to bop along to Glinda’s perky paean “Popular,” bust a move during the buoyant “Dancing Through Life” and – dare we say it – defy gravity with Elphaba during her soaring signature song. Another musical element that truly elevates the score is the subtle way it pays tribute to the sonic lushness of the golden age of movie musicals that culminated in the iconic The Wizard of Oz film, with the help of a 23-piece orchestra and arrangement contributions from film composer Herbert Stothart.

The timeless message of change “For Good”
The Halloween season would be nothing without a healthy dose of witches, and Elphaba and Glinda deliver everything we could ever hope for and more in this realm. But what really sets this dynamic duo apart from other famous sorceresses is what their story teaches us about the power of friendship. Although they are theoretically all-powerful, they come from incredibly different backgrounds, and are forced into leading different lives that are based mostly on others’ perceptions of them. Against all odds, though, they find best friendship in each other. Although Wicked is, without a doubt, an unforgettable spectacle set in a world of witches, its message – that friendship triumphs over all – is the show’s real magic.

Ready to take a journey to the land of Oz? Score great deals on tickets to see Wicked on Broadway with TicketsatWork today!

By Mikey Miller

10 Must-See Movies to Catch in Theaters This October

The month of October is just brimming with reasons to get tickets to see the latest flicks on the big screen. What are some of the exciting offerings released this month for your viewing pleasure? We are glad you asked! Here are ten not-to-be-missed movies to get excited about this October. Be sure to grab your popcorn and settle in for some viewing fun.

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The Joker

Release Date: Oct. 4, 2019
Joaquin Phoenix has audiences and critics in awe with his deeply disturbing and finely textured performance as the notorious super villain of Batman lore. The film – which nabbed the top prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival – takes us to this character’s nightmarish origins, examining how a failed comedian descends into madness, unleashing his anger on the city of Gotham. A psychological thriller of epic proportions, this is a dark and violent film for those who are not faint of heart. The cast also includes Zazie Beetz, Robert DeNiro and Frances Conroy.

Lucy in the Sky

Release Date: Oct. 4, 2019
Oscar winner Natalie Portman’s latest screen outing is Lucy in the Sky, a flick about an astronaut who has a life-changing experience during a lengthy mission in outer space. When she is finally Earth-bound again, she begins to lose touch with reality, at the sacrifice of her career and family. The cast also includes Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens and Ellen Burstyn.

The Addams Family

Release Date: Oct. 11, 2019
Here is one for the whole family, an animated version of the classic Charles Addams cartoon The Addams Family. With voices such as Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac, Bette Midler, Finn Wolfhard, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Kroll and Snoop Dogg bringing to life the macabre but lovable family, this will be creepy and kooky fun for Halloween. Watch as the ghoulish Addams face-off with an unlikely nemesis, an internet personality who is trying to create the perfect community and will stop at nothing to drive the clan out of town.

Gemini Man

Release Date: Oct. 11, 2019
Have you ever been stalked by yourself? The new action thriller Gemini Man starring Will Smith proposes a scenario where a hit man is the target of his own clone, an assassin employed by the government. With relentlessly action-packed sequences, and twists and turns to keep you guessing, Gemini Man will keep you on the edge of your seat to the very end. The film also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Clive Owen.

Jexi

Release Date: Oct. 11, 2019
Much like the also mentioned Countdown, Jexi tackles the problem of technology ruling our lives. In this case, the voice that emanates from a young man’s cell phone develops an unhealthy obsession with its owner. The awkward Phil finds himself at “Lexi’s” mercy, an allegory for how we’ve all become too dependent on our phones. Soon, Jexi evolves from being his life coach and friend into his personal, abusive nightmare. The film stars Adam DeVine, Alexandra Shipp and Rose Byrne.

The King

Release Date: The King began a limited theatrical release on Oct. 11, 2019. 
Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) returns to the big screen as Hal, a young prince who is ultimately crowned King Henry V, inheriting a kingdom embroiled in war. Cobbled together from a series of plays by William Shakespeare, The King is full of political intrigue, power hungry backstabbing, and some of the most compelling moments in royal history. Joining Chalamet are Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson and Lily-Rose Depp.

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

Release Date: Jay and Silent Bob Reboot will have two showings, via Fathom Events, at select theaters this month: one on Oct. 15, 2019, and the other on Oct. 17, 2019.
Those goofy geeks of the comic book and sci-fi world are back after a long hiatus. Jay and Silent Bob are once again poised to make you roll your eyes while laughing hysterically at their antics. For Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, join them as they journey to Hollywood to prevent their classic comedy franchise from getting a reboot. Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith reprise their iconic roles, and are joined by franchise favorites Jason Lee, Brian O’Halloran, Shannon Elizabeth, and Joey Lauren Adams in supporting roles. And don’t forget those celebrity cameos that Kevin Smith films are famous for.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Release Date: Oct. 18, 2019
She’s back! The misunderstood villain of Disney’s animated film Sleeping Beauty, who was given a live-action treatment in 2014, has earned a sequel. Angelina Jolie returns as the horned fairy who is at odds with the beautiful Princess Aurora. As Aurora’s impending marriage to Prince Phillip nears, an all-out war breaks up between the fairy folk and the humans. Will Maleficent finally triumph? Michelle Pfeiffer, Elle Fanning, Imelda Staunton and Harris Dickinson round out the leading cast.

Zombieland: Double Tap

Release Date: Oct. 18, 2019
We just cannot seem to get enough of our zombies, and just in time for Halloween comes Zombieland: Double Tap. A sequel to the comedic 2009 film about the undead, this one will have you jumping and laughing at the same time. Returning for this installment are stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin as the team of zombie hunters who find themselves facing a horde of newly evolved creatures requiring disposal. The cast also includes Zoey Deutch, Luke Wilson and Rosario Dawson.

Countdown

Release Date: Oct. 25, 2019
What if computers could predict your future? A film that imagines a whole new level of technology, Countdown follows Quinn, a nurse who downloads an app that predicts, with surprising accuracy, when people will die. When her own demise is announced, she finds herself in a race against time to save her own life. The film stars Elizabeth Lail.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His forthcoming book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, will hit the shelves in October, 2019. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.

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